Paradoxically, even though it's the size of a clenched fist, this is actually the biggest house in the world. It has four chambers and it is the only house which you don't clean up using a duster or a mop. The guests can live here forever. You may find this amusing, but when you enter it, you must take off your shoes at the door. If someone crosses its threshold with boots on, it makes it close its shutters and then sink, pulling your little occupant body down. I find it ironic that you can fit an entire world inside it, but this house is locked in a cage called a ribcage.

(Translated by Valentina Mihai / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year I / Corrected by Silvia Petrescu, coordinator of the translations)

Real Fiction is a collective project started in 2013 by Florin Piersic Jr. The concept of Real Fiction continued to exist as a Facebook group, after a volume of stories was published at Humanitas Publishing House. (In March 2023, the group has 10,790 members.) The authors write ultra-short stories, with the texts limited to 500 characters (in Romanian, so the length of the English translation might be a little different) - a flash-fiction exercise on a topic that changes every few days. The group's coordinators are Florin Piersic Jr., Gabriel Molnar, Răzvan Penescu, Luchian Abel, and Vlad Mușat. (Drawing by Adrian T. Roman)

Versiunea în română a acestui text se poate citi aici, în rubrica Ficțiuni Reale.

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